Former boss of F1 team slams modern day Formula One
21 May 2010

Former Toyota team principal Tadashi Yamashina has slammed modern Formula One for having become too "elitist".

Yamashina added that F1 no longer offers the manufacturer a significant link to its customers and says it is better served competing in other areas of motorsport.

"There is a big gap between Formula One and Toyota's actual car users," Yamashina told Automotive News. "F1 remains the pinnacle of auto racing, but its image grew too elitist.

"At races such as Nurburgring [24 Hours], fans can get right into [the] pitlane, mingle with the teams and touch the cars. They can soak up the atmosphere and feel part of the event. By contrast, average fans have no hope of strolling the paddock at an F1 race. For the fortunate few who can afford to do that, it's fine.

"I think the best kind of races are those in which people can get in close to the race."

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21 May 2010

What a poor excuse, they were happy to join and be part of it and invest the most eliist fortunes of money more than even ferrari and mclaren etc. but they failed, so they dont like the sport now.

bad losers. but i suppose it gives them a reason to come back to try again (which they would like to do i bet) when the rules make for much cheaper and simpler racing.

F1 it's true hasnt been that strongly connected to toyota in recent years as they have no sporty models, but just as they are about to relaunch their sports catalogue starting with the celica, they want to stay away from the technological pinnacle.

i hope they develop something in motorsport for a UK audience, touring cars would be best as i'm not that keen on rallying (as a spectator).

21 May 2010

[quote beachland2]

What a poor excuse, they were happy to join and be part of it and invest the most eliist fortunes of money more than even ferrari and mclaren etc. but they failed, so they dont like the sport now.

bad losers. but i suppose it gives them a reason to come back to try again (which they would like to do i bet) when the rules make for much cheaper and simpler racing.

F1 it's true hasnt been that strongly connected to toyota in recent years as they have no sporty models, but just as they are about to relaunch their sports catalogue starting with the celica, they want to stay away from the technological pinnacle.

i hope they develop something in motorsport for a UK audience, touring cars would be best as i'm not that keen on rallying (as a spectator).

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I think thats about right.

There has very little, or at best, a very tenuous link from top level motorsport to road cars for decades, which is why a drinks company can finance a winning team.

I suppose he has to justfy spending all those millions of Yen and getting nothing from it

21 May 2010

Well he has the option to enter the BTCC instead. That's more down-market, doesn't have the glamour, but perhaps is more 'real'.

21 May 2010

Are not the Toyota team principal's remarks true for all sports taken over by big business? As a few get rich on the proceeds of the sport the fans get poorer, reduced to mere spectators and consumers of fan memorabilia; those unable to afford to follow it physically end up renting Sky satellites to watch it on the small screen.

21 May 2010

If they've any sense, they'll do Le Mans and/or WRC.....both are much more relevant and accessible. F1 like to think it's 'The Pinnacle' - but actually no longer is.

21 May 2010

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21 May 2010

WRC ftw! XD

21 May 2010

I've been to a couple of F1 races, and I've also been to a couple of local tracks too. F1 you've got 160k or more people there so access to the cars isn't going to happen. However, at the local tracks you can walk through the garages (ok tents!) and see the cars and teams close up. It's something that any armchair viewer should do just to see how much preparation goes on.

F1 - be prepared for some really boring races. Current regulation are such that you need only do one pit stop and the tyres will last the whole race, so strategy is limited. Secondly you're starting off with the fastest car at the front, so don't expect a slower one to come through!

If you really want to see some exciting motorsport then you must get down to a local track.

WRC - It's dead. BTCC is on life support. Neither of them enjoy enough main channel TV coverage (although I do believe the WRC on Dave is covered very well).

21 May 2010

No bulldust Sherlock! , i've been saying this for years!, i't's too expensive for most to go and watch on a regular basis, and like Football there are only ever two teams in with a chance and they regularily do!, plus, on most of the circuits passing isn't the norm it's the exception!.

Peter Cavellini.

21 May 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]and like Football there are only ever two teams in with a chance[/quote]

You're not watching this year then.

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